Utahns get ready for trip to Africa to build school

A group of Utahns are just days away from an incredible journey that will take them half way around the world to Africa.

The Utah organization World of Difference is building and supplying a grade school and library for children in one of the slums of Nairobi.

On Saturday, the volunteers spent the day packing supplies. “We're serving the people that don't have the programs to help them, here in the United States there's programs,” said Rick “Ranger” Nielsen, co-founder of World of Difference.

“They live in underprivileged areas where education is hard to come by,” said Jodi Nielsen, co-founder of World of Difference. “They can't pay to get into the public schools they can't pay for transportation or for uniforms and so they're stuck.”

Stuck without education, but perhaps only temporarily. This week 30 Utahns are bringing all the supplies to the kids and will continue their construction work on the school. Traveling with them are 15 physical therapy students from Rocky Mountain University who will be dispatched to two local hospitals.

“It's going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity I think for a lot of us and just to make a difference,” said Haley Amos, a physical therapy student.

ABC 4 Utah's Brent Hunsaker will go on the expedition to show Utahns at work in Africa. So far, the world difference foundation has finished at least 10 school projects with more in the works.

Source : abc4.com

Posted on : 30 Nov,-0001

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